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Toys For Tots Campaign Accepting Donations

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The Loudoun County Fire-Rescue System and the Loudoun Career Fire Fighters Association announced their participation in the 69th Annual Toys for Tots Campaign, sponsored by the United Stated Marine Corps Reserve. “The department is proud to once again participate in this wonderful program,” states Fire Chief W. Keith Brower, Jr. “Your generosity will help put smiles on the faces of many children this holiday season.” … Continue Reading

Public Participation Needed in New Comprehensive Plan

November 2, 2016 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Public Participation Needed in New Comprehensive Plan
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Loudoun County is kicking off an 18-month initiative called Envision Loudoun, which will result in a new Comprehensive Plan. The plan will serve as the county government’s guiding document for land use and development in the foreseeable future.

Members of the public are invited to attend one of four Listening and Learning workshops in November. Each meeting will follow the same format where participants are provided with an opportunity to discuss Loudoun County’s future and to share ideas through interactive activities in casual, small-group settings. All workshops are scheduled from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. … Continue Reading

Remembering Su Webb – Dedicated Preservationist

November 2, 2016 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Remembering Su Webb – Dedicated Preservationist
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One of Loudoun’s strongest conservation and parks advocates, Su Webb, has died. Webb was found dead in her home on October 18, by Loudoun County deputies sent to check on her after being alerted by family and friends that she had missed several regular meetings.

Webb was one of Loudoun County’s most well-known preservationists and activists, working with organizations such as the Northern Virginia Parks Association – which she also headed for a time, the Piedmont Environmental Council, the Aldie Heritage Association and the Lovettsville Park Advisory Board. … Continue Reading

Loudoun County Online Auction Features Children’s Toys, Office Furniture, PCs, Laptops, and More

October 11, 2016 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Loudoun County Online Auction Features Children’s Toys, Office Furniture, PCs, Laptops, and More
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The Loudoun County government’s current online auction includes a variety of children’s toys, as well as pool-related items, office furniture, PCs, laptops, and more. The auction will close at 12 noon, Thursday, October 13, 2016.

Detailed information and photographs of the items for sale are online at www.publicsurplus.com/sms/loudoun,va/browse/home. … Continue Reading

Loudoun County Strategic Retreat Notes and Highlights

October 6, 2016 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Loudoun County Strategic Retreat Notes and Highlights
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By Valerie Cury

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors held a strategic planning retreat in September, discussing a wide variety of issues including the upcoming review of Loudoun’s Comprehensive Plan. Discussion highlights included. … Continue Reading

Virginia Supreme Court Rules on Greenway Toll Rates

September 9, 2016 Loudoun County Comments Off on Virginia Supreme Court Rules on Greenway Toll Rates
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The Supreme Court of Virginia issued an opinion upholding the State Corporation Commission’s (SCC) findings in its investigation of toll rates on the Dulles Greenway, which is the only privately owned toll road in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The SCC‘s investigation had determined that no changes to the toll rates on the Dulles Greenway were required. The Supreme Court’s opinion affirms that the SCC’s investigation was proper and that a rational basis existed for the SCC’s 2015 decision. The court’s opinion is posted on its website at www.courts.state.va.us/opinions/opnscvwp/1151976.pdf. … Continue Reading

1833 Loudoun County Court Seal Found; Earliest Seal Found in Court Records

August 17, 2016 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on 1833 Loudoun County Court Seal Found; Earliest Seal Found in Court Records
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Loudoun County’s treasure trove of historic records has yielded a significant discovery – the earliest county court seal found in the court’s records. Staff in the Clerk of the Circuit Court Historic Records Division recently found an 1833 county court seal on the Freedom Certificate of James Wood. The document was discovered during an ongoing indexing project of the collection of books and papers referred to as the court’s Free Blacks and Slave Papers. Loudoun County has one of the largest and best preserved collection of free black and slavery documents in Virginia. … Continue Reading

Loudoun County Online Auction Features Piano, Pressure Washer, PCs, and More

August 8, 2016 Loudoun County Comments Off on Loudoun County Online Auction Features Piano, Pressure Washer, PCs, and More
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The Loudoun County government’s current online auction includes a Charles R. Walter upright piano, a Landa pressure washer, many PCs as well as laptops, vehicles, books, office equipment, and more. The auction will close at noon, Thursday, August 11.

Detailed information and photographs of the items for sale are online at www.publicsurplus.com/sms/loudoun,va/browse/home. … Continue Reading

Glouster Parkway Opens to Traffic

August 8, 2016 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Glouster Parkway Opens to Traffic
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A new 3/4-mile extension of Gloucester Parkway opened to traffic yesterday, connecting Loudoun County Parkway to the intersection of Pacific and Nokes boulevards in Ashburn, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.

This new piece completes an important east-west link between Ashburn and the Route 28 corridor, adding capacity to help alleviate congested parallel roads and to better distribute traffic along Route 28. The entire Gloucester Parkway corridor is now almost six miles, beginning at Belmont Ridge Road to the west and connecting with Nokes Boulevard to carry traffic beyond Route 28 to the east. … Continue Reading

Opportunities Available To Serve On Loudoun County Government Boards And Commissions

August 4, 2016 Government, Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Opportunities Available To Serve On Loudoun County Government Boards And Commissions
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The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors encourages residents to become actively involved in their county government. There are currently opportunities for people to serve on the following county and regional advisory boards, commissions and committees.

Advisory Boards with Terms Concurrent with the Board of Supervisors
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Busy Summer at the County

August 3, 2016 Loudoun County Comments Off on Busy Summer at the County
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County officials are busy this summer despite the heat and hectic vacation schedules. The following is a sampling of updates on county issues, decisions, hearings and meetings impacting the lives of everyday Loudouners.

Quiet Time on the Porch: New county noise standards give the Sheriff’s Department the power to answer calls from citizens complaining about noise coming from another residence. The regulations state in part “ … no person shall permit, operate or cause any source of sound or sound generation that is audible and discernible in any other person’s residential dwelling …” Standards for commercial businesses will be discussed at the BOS’s September 22 Business Meeting. To sign up to speak call 703-777-0204. … Continue Reading

The Loudoun County Fair: Good, Old Fashioned, Affordable Fun

August 3, 2016 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on The Loudoun County Fair: Good, Old Fashioned, Affordable Fun
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The 2016 Loudoun County Fair was held at its traditional Dry Mill Road fairgrounds on July 25-30. Highlights included the Miss Loudoun County event held on Sunday, July 24, Super Farmer, Stoney Roberts Demolition Derby and more.

The fair did not disappoint with these events and tons of first class entertainment, including Reggie Rice Comedy Illusionist, Nascar Driver Patrick Szabo, MVY Amusements Inflatables, lots of laughs from Les Kimes’ Pork Chop Review, Wildlife Ambassadors (non-releasable wildlife, unwanted pets and captive bred educational animals), Chainsaw Carvings, Twisted K Rodeo, and Bull Riding and more. … Continue Reading

Emblematic Fight To Save 600 Feet of History

August 3, 2016 Loudoun County, News 4 comments
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By Andrea Gaines
“Just waiting for the chainsaws … “ That is just about all long-time Loudoun resident Doug Steiner could muster in a recent email conversation with local preservationist Martha Polkey. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

Columns

The Grim Reaper and the Great Barrier

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(to be presented to the Board of Supervisors in January) “The recent frequency and intensity of mass coral bleaching are of major concern, and are directly attributable to rising atmospheric greenhouse gases.” [1]

Pearl Harbor

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By Nicholas Reid Seventy-five years ago this December 7, to quote President Franklin D. Roosevelt, “the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.” It will have been 75 …

Early Returns: How U.S. Markets Reacted to the Presidential Election

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On November 8, 2016, Republican candidate Donald J. Trump won a closely contested election for president of the United States. Late on election night, when it became evident that Trump was likely to win, despite consistently trailing in the polls, …

America: Worthy of Our Trust

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel My friend and I sit in a bar near our office. He is upset, bags under his eyes due to lack of sleep. Thursday, our weekly night to meet is usually a happy hour filled with intellectual …

South Riding

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I should have known that this one would take me far from my contemplative, Zen-inspired comfort zone; after I’d traversed more construction projects than I wanted to tally, competed with hurried, coffee-driven commuters with no time for mere existence, and …

Support Group Help Needed

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Dr. Mike, My son was diagnosed with ADHD two years ago, and his pediatrician at that time recommended we try a social skills group for his “immaturity” and “impulsivity.” We did that, and our experience was horrible. The kids in …

The State of Corals

Figure 3 close up view of healthy coral polyps. [9]

(Presented to the Board of Supervisors December 6, 2016) “Events as severe as the 1998 event, the worst on record, are likely to become commonplace within 20 years.” – Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, 1999 [4] Tony Noerpel

Student News

Congratulations, Class of 2016

6 Jul 2016

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Woodgrove High School’s Class Of 2016 Graduation – By Amanda Clark On June 16, Woodgrove’s Class of 2016 was the 5th graduating class to walk the stage and accept their diploma. The ceremony was filled with anticipation as the chorus, …

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Buckland Earns Degree In Medicine

6 Jul 2016

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Molly Buckland, D.O., graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine with a degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine on May 28. While at WVSOM, Dr. Buckland received the Dr. Roland P. Sharp President’s Award and the James R. …

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Adams Promoted To Lieutenant

6 Jul 2016

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Lt. James Adams, from Sterling and a Potomac Falls Halls Graduate, earned the promotion to the rank of Lieutenant. Adams is a Navy Week and Executive Outreach Planner for the Navy Office of Community Outreach in Millington, Tennessee. U.S. Navy …

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Calendar

December 2016
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November 28, 2016 November 29, 2016 November 30, 2016 December 1, 2016 December 2, 2016 December 3, 2016

Holiday Open House

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

December 4, 2016

Holiday Open House

December 5, 2016 December 6, 2016 December 7, 2016 December 8, 2016 December 9, 2016

Christmas Market and Trolley Tours

December 10, 2016

Holiday Open House

13th Annual Purcellville Christmas Parade

Barrel Tasting Event Saturday

December 11, 2016

Christmas Market and Trolley Tours

December 12, 2016 December 13, 2016 December 14, 2016 December 15, 2016 December 16, 2016 December 17, 2016

Intro to Essential Oils

December 18, 2016
December 19, 2016 December 20, 2016 December 21, 2016 December 22, 2016 December 23, 2016 December 24, 2016 December 25, 2016
December 26, 2016 December 27, 2016 December 28, 2016 December 29, 2016 December 30, 2016 December 31, 2016

Family New Year’s Eve Celebration

January 1, 2017

New Year's Day Musikabend

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Farm Bureau President Hopes for Immigration Reform

5 Dec 2016

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Virginia Farm Bureau President Wayne F. Pryor told county delegates at the organization’s annual convention in Hot Springs that immigration reform “is an issue that has been delayed too long.” He noted that: “Work will begin on the 2018 Farm Bill next year. This is the most complex federal legislation farmers face, and it typically takes at least two years …

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Northern Virginia Chamber To Host Congressional Roundtable

5 Dec 2016

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The Northern Virginia Chamber will host its annual Congressional Roundtable on Monday, December 12, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Northern Virginia Chamber in Tysons (7900 Westpark Drive, Suite A550). The dialogue will cover several issues at the intersection of federal policy and business – federal spending, energy, trade policy, the sequestration and the effect on Northern Virginia, transportation, …

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Ugly Christmas Sweater Fad Keeps Growing

30 Nov 2016

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Since 2012, the Re-Love It consignment shop, at 138 N. 21st Street in Purcellville, has developed the reputation as the place to get your Ugly Christmas Sweater in the Metro D.C. area. In that time, Re-Love It has sold more than 3,000 vintage Ugly Christmas Sweaters.

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Editorial

Grief and Greed

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By Matthew Parse What would drive a single individual to cause so much emotional stress and financial burden on hundreds, if not, thousands of families? What would drive the Town …

Op-ed

Opinion: Terrorism, Debt, and China: Oh My!

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– By Nick Reid world can be a very dangerous place sometimes, especially for a nation state such as the United States. Although danger is always present, the number and …

Metro Money Mess Pushing West

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– By Delegate Dave LaRock (R-33rd) A local paper recently quoted Loudoun Board Chair Phyllis Randall as saying that in her observation “some of the concerns raised by the people …

Dear Editor

Vote No To the Minor Special Exception

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We are a group of Loudoun County citizens who will be adversely affected if the board grants a special exception for the Catesby Farm property at your upcoming meeting. You …

It’s Our Right

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On December 6, the Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote on a “Minor Special Exception” proposal we submitted earlier this year concerning our Catesby Farm property. Unfortunately, our limited …

View From the Ridge

Broken Promises, Hidden by a Six-Foot Berm

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By Andrea Gaines On August 9, 1825 at the age of 69, French military officer the Marquis de Lafayette was honored in Leesburg by former President James Monroe. The French-born …

Around Virginia

Warner Introduces Bill To Help Wells Fargo Victims Get Their Day in Court

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U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), a member of the Senate Banking Committee, introduced legislation to give Wells Fargo customers who were victims of a fraudulent account scheme their day in court. The bank was involved in a scandal this year after it was revealed that Wells Fargo employees secretly …

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History’s Holy Places: Four Local Sites Worth Exploring This Fall

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The Journey through Hallowed Ground is a 180-mile long, 75-mile wide trek from Gettysburg to Monticello, encompassing nine presidential homes and places, 18 national and state parks, and thousands of small and large historical sites. Dozens and dozens of these sites and related museums are short ride from just about …

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Land Trust Receives Large Donation

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On August 22, The Land Trust of Virginia received a $10,000 gift from the Sharon D. Virts Foundation, based in Herndon. The presentation of this grant was part of the Foundation’s official launch event, held at Selma Plantation in Leesburg. Notable speakers included Sharon D. Virts, FCiFederal Founder and Chair, …

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Sports

Accepting Applications for Sports League Funding

30 Nov 2016

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Purcellville is accepting applications from local organizations for its annual sports league funding program. Organizations must serve the Town of Purcellville area, have citizens of the Town of Purcellville as players, and provide a letter to the Town from the IRS confirming the organization’s tax exempt status in order to …

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Woodgrove High Student Will Pursue Track and Field at George Mason

30 Nov 2016

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Puneet Kaur of Woodgrove High School has signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her track and field career at George Mason University. Kaur has held the school record in shot put since her sophomore year and is looking to throw shotput, hammer, discus and maybe even the javelin …

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